Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Shakespeare's Biography Addressed on a Monty Python LP

Monty Python. "Stake Your Claim." Perf. Monty Python et al. Another Monty Python Record. LP. London: Charisma Records, 1971.

Followers of Bardfilm on Twitter may know that I've been going through my LP collection recently. I've enjoyed listening to some rarities from Dire Straights, some stories read by Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, an album called Shakespeare's "Ages of Man" by Sir John Gielgud, some Louis Jordan, and (naturally) The Bands that Ate New York.

I don't actually have the LP from which this sketch comes, but I had a friend who had.

That said, I hadn't heard this sketch until Clear Shakespeare pointed it out. I've edited it a bit and added some apropos images so that we all can enjoy "Stake Your Claim" and its take on the authorship issue:

Links: The Album at Wikipedia.

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